Interview with Stellar Master Elite
Andy-First things first. For those who are not familiar with your band could you give us a brief run-down on how Stellar Master Elite came about?
Marco-Well, we both had our own projects in the past. Then we decided to start a project and here we are. We have a similar musical interest and the same vision on how SME will go on. That´s comfortable, especially for the workflow.
A-I used the term "commercialized blackened doom" to describe your sound. How would you describe it though?
M-"Commercialized blackened doom" isn´t the kind of term I would use. Why commercialized? Because we sell records? I would describe it as black/doom/ambient/synth just to list the main elements. Actually I don´t like descriptions like that though, we do what we want to do. The music which results out of our rehearsals and ideas is what is inside of us. It´s us.
Dave-"Commercialized" would mean we earn money. I would ask why I pay so much to keep this project running rather than getting money for it. "Blackened Doom" sounds good to me but i don´t give too much in phrases like this. (Editor's note-Perhaps "Accessible Blackened Doom" would have worked better as their music isn't mass-produced, but rather it's easy to get into even as it packs a nice and twisted underground vibe!)
A-Even by black metal standards your sound is outside of the norm. Was that a conscious decision?
M-No, it wasn't a conscious decision. It just happened. We listen to a lot of obscure stuff at home, maybe this has some influence on us and the sound. But i´m kind of happy about the fact that we don´t sound like the norm because norm means to be adjusted to something and we are not adjusted to a musical genre or to people that think they know how a specific genre has to sound like. So if we want to add hand claps or synth sounds to our songs we do it. Purist "Black Metal"- people may hate us for that but we don´t give a fuck.
A-Where do you see yourself fitting in when it comes to the black metal scene?
M-We are not part of a scene.
A-Fair enough. Now, you took your name from a Thorns song. Were you big fans of the band?
M-Thorns is one of our favorite bands and their self-titled album is a masterpiece of "modern" black metal. We don´t want to be, we are not and we will never be a "Thorns Tribute Band" though. We chose the name because it fits perfectly to our lyrical and musical concept.
D-The lyrical and musical concept was the main reason for choosing this name. We would never claim to be a coequal to Thorns. It isn't possible. But this band still had a huge impact to me that still resonates.
A-Who are some of your other favorite acts whether "metal" or not?
M-Pink Floyd, Virus, Sonic Reign, Dodheimsgard, Aura Noir, Sunn O))), Sleep, Pentagram, Celtic Frost, Obelyskkh, Darkthrone, Black Shape of Nexus, Voivod, Hexvessel, Beastmilk, Deathspell Omega, The Ruins of Beverast, Blut aus Nord, Absu, High on Fire, Myrkskog, Zyklon, Code. Just to name a few.
D-Just too much to tell . At the moment I mainly listen so sci-fi scores and experimental stuff.
Q) There are quite a few surprises when it comes to your new album. I pointed out songs like "Pattern of Perception" and "Empty Shells of Being" as just two examples of how S.M.E. pushes the envelope sound-wise. Any "experimental" tracks in particular that you were pleased with the end result?
D-I don´t understand that question, sorry.
A-Alright, sorry that was kind of a vague question. Let me put it another way. Are there any favorite songs on your new album?
M-I can´t tell you specific songs because I see it as a whole. I think every song needs each other to create the whole album in the end. For me, it´s like a circle.
D-"Beyond Light" and "Destructive Interference Generator" are my personal favorites, but I´m really satisfied with the album in general.
A-Does S.M.E. play out live? If so who are some of the acts you've played with?
M-No, we are two band-members. To play live we would need session members but we A) can´t find the right people in our area and B) prefer it to create new music and being creative in our rehearsal room. We will start recording and pre-producing our 3rd album soon.
D-Besides music we are full time workers. As there is not much time to work with more musicians on a concept to bring the same quality to stage. A two man band is much easier to handle than a full band. It would take a lot of time to fit more than 2 egos together. If you have such a limited amount of time, you have to set priorities.
A-Where can people find out more about the band and order your new album?
M-From our label (www.exciterrecords.com), from us directly (www.stellarmasterelite.com) and from various distributors worldwide
A-I'll give you the last word. Is there anything you'd like to add?
M-Thank you for the interview and the great review as well as your interest in our band! Watch out for our new album "II: Destructive Interference Generator" to be released on October 4, 2013 through Exciter Records.
D-Thank you so much! We really appreciate it.